All About Farmhouse Sinks
Sexy, supersized appliances used to dominate the kitchenscape, but that was before a sink came along that refused to hunker down in a cabinet. Suddenly all eyes were on the cleanup zone, where a bossy, glossy-white heavyweight pushed aside the humble, hardworking stainless-steel basin.Get more news about Coated Sheet Farmhouse,you can vist our website!
America’s appetite for farmhouse, or apron-front, sinks can be traced to the late 1990s, when companies like Rohl realized they could romance a boxy U.K. import made from lustrous, rock-hard fireclay by evoking farmhouse style—or a glorified idea of it. “Your choices used to be overmount or undermount, which sound boring, while ‘farmhouse’ sounds like it has a story,” says David McNamara of Franke, a Swiss sink-maker attuned to North American tastes. Even as it has swelled in popularity, the curvaceous classic has been evolving too. “Today the farmhouse sink has been modernized,” adds McNamara, “with tighter lines and new materials, like stainless steel.”
As kitchens continue their move toward large, open gathering spaces, here’s a roomy focal point that also hides dirty dishes and practically says “jump right in.” Read on for what you need to know before taking the plunge.DO I NEED A SPECIAL CABINET? Not necessarily, but most cabinets will need added support (see “Beefing Up the Box,” slide 10). At 20 to 42 inches side to side and 7 to 10 inches deep, these sinks can easily weigh 100 to 200 pounds.
DIY OR HIRE A PRO? Cutting out the cabinet front, reinforcing the box, wrestling the basin into place, and coordinating the sink, cabinet, countertop, and faucet installation are usually best handled by an experienced pro.
HARD TO KEEP CLEAN? Generally, a mild cleanser like Bon Ami takes care of marks and stains on fireclay and enameled cast iron. But materials vary widely; follow the product manufacturer’s guidelines so as not to void a warranty.Tailor your sink style and installation to your countertop—and personal preference. Pull it forward to shorten your reach and add extra toe space; pick a depth that feels comfortable too.
These sinks have a finished lip that bridges the countertop cutout—handy with wood or laminate. This model specifies countertops at least 1 inch thick, and comes with a metal bar for more support.